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Covid Government update for patients in the shielding group.


Morning everyone.  It's been a while since we had any news to give you.  I posted the full Government guidelines last night when it came through but thought I would post this summary of what the changes mean for those of you who have been self isolating for what must seem like an eternity now.


" The update from Government comes into effect from 1st June. In summary the changes are:


o The advice for people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable is that they should continue to shield until at least the 30 June but from 1 June, they can spend a short period of time outdoors each day with members of their household, still maintaining 2m distance from others.


o If the shielded person lives alone, the Government is advising they can meet one other person from a different household, maintaining strict social distancing. The advice is that this be the same person each time.


o Important aspects of Government’s policy and guidance remain the same. Apart from going outside once per day, a shielded person should continue to avoid all non-essential face to face contact. This means they should still not go shopping or to pharmacies.


o The support for shielded people remains in place and unchanged.


The Government has also confirmed that it will be reviewing shielding guidance alongside wider changes to social distancing, including plans to write to those on the shielding patients list with information about next steps on shielding after the next review on 15 June. "



We aren't out of the woods by a long way yet and still need to be extremely careful about hand washing and keeping 2m distance from others. 


If you are asked to come into the surgery you will be requested to wear a mask or, if you don't have one,  wear something that you can cover your nose and mouth with, ie a snood or a scarf.  This is not compulsory but it will help to keep you and the doctor/nurse safe while you are in the building.


Thanks and enjoy your day.

13.05.2020  Patient information


Morning everyone. It looks as though we are going to have some showery and cold days until Friday.

There's no shelter outside the building and we can't erect one because of the length it would need to be for social distancing. Can we therefore suggest that, if you are arriving by car and have a mobile phone that you call reception 01668 281740 and tell them that you're here for your appointment and then they'll ring you back when the doctor or nurse is ready to see you so you can come straight in rather than stand in the cold and wet. This system can also be used at any time for the elderly or infirm, mum's with babies and young children or anyone who would prefer to wait in the car to aid social distancing.

For others, I'm afraid at the moment there's no alternative apart from wearing a warm coat and bringing an umbrella - sorry.

11.05.2020  Patient Information


Following the briefing by the Prime Minister yesterday nothing changes at Glendale from an operational point of view and we will continue to operate a total triage system. 


If you require medical or administrative advice from the surgery please complete an E-Consult form, the link being on the home page of the website.

Where medical advice is needed, a clinician will call you back in the first instance and has the option of telephone and video consultations or if a face to face appointment is needed will arrange this with you.


The surgery doors remain locked but we are here for our patients so please contact us if you need to, don't put things off.


Thank you for your support in these very challenging times and our best wishes to you all. 


This bulletin is aimed at people  in the 'VERY HIGH RISK' groups (clinically extremely vulnerable) and the 'HIGH RISK'(clinically vulnerable) groups.   These were previously classed as High Risk and Moderate Risk but the Government has re-named these groups which has caused some confusion. 


From information received this morning, the Government is now advising people in this group to shield until at least the 30th June.  Further information about shielding will be published in due course by the Government and individuals who are currently shielding will be notified.


For people in this group who have registered on the Government website for support and have not received it, the Government is working on this to resolve the issue but you should re-register ensuring you have entered your NHS number and your name and address as used in your NHS records.   


As a reminder, the people in the Very High Risk group are those who:

*  have had an organ transplant

*  are having chemotherapy or antibody treatment for cancer,

        including immunotherapy

*  are having an intense course of radiotherapy for lung cancer

*  are having targeted cancer treatments than can affect the

         immune system

*  have blood or bone marrow cancer (such as leukaemia,

         lymphoma or myeloma)

*  have had a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the past

          6 months or are still taking immunosuppressant


*  have been told by a doctor that they have a severe lung

          condition (such as cystic fibrosis, severe asthma or

          severe COPD)

*  have a condition that means they have a very high risk of

          getting infections (such as SCID or sickle cell)

*  are taking medicine that makes them much more likely to

          get infections (such as high doses of steroids)

*  were born with a serious heart condition and are pregnant



HIGH RISK (previously moderate risk) GROUPS


The change in names has caused confusion among those who follow the Government updates and who are asking if they should also be shielding now.  The answer is NO but they do need to be aware that they are in this group and carry out strict Social Distancing rules.  We have been asked to code all these patients so that they can be easily identified when lock-down restrictions are lifted as they may be given different guidance to those who are at low risk.   We have not been given any information about what the differences for this group may be. 


This Group includes people who:

*  are aged 70 or older

*  are pregnant

*  have heart disease (such as heart failure)

*  have a lung condition that's not severe (such as asthma,
         COPD, emphysema or bronchitis)

*  have diabetes

*  have chronic kidney disease

*  have liver disease (such as hepatitis)

*  have a condition affecting the brain or nerves (such as

         Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, multiple

         sclerosis or cerebral palsy)

*  have a condition that means they have a high risk of getting


*  are taking medicine that can affect the immune system 
         (such as a low dose of steroids)   

*  are very obese (with a BMI of 40 or above)  



Practice Nurse Clinics (Wednesdays and Thursdays)

nurseOur practice nurse, Maureen Birdsall, manages the following conditions as well as general nursing and occasional blood taking.

To see Maureen you will need to let the receptionist know what you are coming for as we need to book the appropriate time-slot for you and it also enables the nurse to prepare any equipment she might need. The following times apply.

Cervical Smear20 minutes
Diabetic Annual Review20 minutes
Health checks (well man, well woman, 40-74 and over 7520 minutes
Heart disease and BP annual review15 minutes
Annual asthma review20 minutes
Annual COPD review30 minutes
Contraception15 minutes
Baby immunisations20 minutes
Smoking cessation – 1st clinic30 minutes
Smoking cessation follow up15 minutes
Travel vaccinations20 minutes

Updated on 10th May 2012 at 12:49 pm

The distric nurses work between Wooler and Belford and mainly visit patients in their own homes but they also carry out some clinics in the surgery.  Appointments are made via reception.


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday   12 – 12.30pm

  • eg  dressings, removal of stitches, B12 injections.

Normally Thursday once or twice a month

  • ear syringing (oil must be put in the ears for at least 2 weeks before they can be syringed)

 Wednesday afternoon

  •    Leg ulcer clinic

The District Nursing Team can be contacted on 01668 280040/41.

Child Health

The practice nurse carries out the immunisations on babies and children under 5 during her normal clinics,

The doctors carry out the 6 week baby check during normal surgery hours.

The health visitor and nursery nurse hold routine child health checks in their clinics which are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the  month between 9.30am and 11.30am in the Health Education Room on the first floor.

If you have any queries about your child’s health, please contact the surgery or the Health Visitor, Heather Bruce on 01668 280042.

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is an important programme to tackle obesity in the population. As part of this programme, children in reception year (aged 4–5 years) and Year 6 (10–11 years) have their heights and weights measured during the school year.  Each child’s result is based on a BMI centile, which provides information as to whether a child is a healthy weight for their height, age and sex. It is not a perfect measure, but it is one of the best ways to tell if a child is a healthy weight.

Change4Life  is  a programme which promotes positive lifestyle changes to children and families.  To learn more, click on the link to their website


Sue Aisbitt is our local midwife and provides care from early pregnancy until your baby is approximately 10 days old.

At antenatal appointments during pregnancy, Sue plans your care with you, discussing your choices and arranges scans and consultant referrals as needed.  She advises on all aspects on pregnancy, labour, delivery and postnatal care.

Sue also provides antenatal classes as a group or on a one-to-one basis with yourself or with family members.  covering topics such as labour and pain relief, delivery of baby, infant feeding and caring for your new baby.   

Sue is in the surgery all day on a Tuesday and can be contacted on 01668 280047.  At other times, when on duty, she can be contacted at Berwick Maternity Unit on 01289 356622.

As soon as you think you are pregnant and would like an appointment with Sue, please leave a message at reception and she will get in touch with you to arrange a suitable time.

If you are just at the pregnancy planning stage, Sue is also happy to discuss any queries you may have and give advice.

Minor Surgery

Updated on 26th April 2012 at 1:48 pm

The doctors perform minor surgical procedures in the surgery for the removal of warts, cysts, skin tags and some skin lesions and suturing following injury.  Cryotherapy (freezing) is used to remove skin tags and warts and a pre-clinic appointment should be made with Dr Miller to examine the lesion and decide if cryotherapy is suitable.

You will need to see  the doctor for an initial consultation prior to surgery.  An appointment will then be made with the doctor and the Practice Nurse to carry out the procedure.

Results are normally back within 2 weeks and you will be informed as soon as possible.


Counselling provides a one-to-one service in the practice with  a trained counsellor.  Patients can talk about their problems in a relaxed and confidential environment. 

The doctors normally offer counselling to patients who they think might benefit from talking to someone or patients can ask to be referred when they see the doctor.

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is one of the main risk factors of heart disease.  We are here to help you give up and can offer a range of products to help reduce the craving for nicotine you experience when trying to give up smoking.  Please make an appointment with the practice nurse.

Weight Reduction

Updated on 26th April 2012 at 1:46 pm

If you are obese or overweight, you have an increased risk of developing various health problems. Even a modest amount of weight loss can help to reduce your increased health risks. The best chance of losing weight, and keeping the weight off,  is to be committed to a change in lifestyle. This includes eating a healthy diet and doing some regular physical activity, walking is a great way to keep fit, and we have some of the most beautiful walks in and around Wooler.

How can I lose weight?

Some people lose weight by strict dieting for a short period. However, as soon as their diet is over, they often go back to their old eating habits, and the weight goes straight back on. Losing weight, and then keeping it off, needs a change in your lifestyle for life.   For advice visit the Change4Life website 

The practice nurse will offer advice on weight reduction and exercise and can help with monitoring your weight.  We also have the Northumberland Health Trainers in the surgery on a weekly basis who can advise on health matters.   

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